Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Goaltending woes continue for Kings

The Los Angeles Kings held off Austrian Erste Bank Liga club EC Red Bull Salzburg by a 7-6 score at the Red Bulls Salute tournament in Salzburg, Austria.
Salzburg grabbed a quick 3-0 lead early in the first period. 37-year-old defenseman Martin Ulrich, a longtime veteran of the Austrian national team, dialed up a slapper on the powerplay. On the next shift, Fast hammered a one-time past LaBarbera. Less than a minute later, Banham ripped a shot past LaBarbera.

At that point, the Kings made a goaltending switch, with Jean-Sebastien Aubin talking over for LaBarbera, who finished without making a single save.



At 7:49 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

It's Yutaka Fukufuji time! :D

At 7:52 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

... wait. Nevermind. I just now realized that Fukufuji was never given a qualifying offer, and as such has been in FA/minor league limbo since June.

My dreams of an Asian invasion are over sooner than they even began. :-(

At 8:18 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger Lowetide said...

No worries. They'll have the summer to straighten out the goalie situation.

At 5:15 a.m., September 26, 2007, Anonymous Marcus, Sweden said...

Dammit! I have La Barbera as a backup in my fantasy team.

... I'm screwed.

At 9:31 a.m., September 26, 2007, Anonymous BDH said...

Bernier and Quick goaltending tandem. Make it happen.

At 10:53 a.m., September 26, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

LA has to be looking at Ottawa, where Martin Gerber has had a very strong pre-season. Does LA have the cap room to take on a $3.7 million salary? Ottawa won't ask for much in return, as they will be happy just to get Gerber's salary off the books so they can secure Heatley long term. Sounds like a good trade for both sides.

At 10:54 a.m., September 26, 2007, Blogger ninja said...

I don't see how Lombardi can send Bernier down if he continues his excellent play. With a goaltending situation this bad, the player who stops the most pucks simply has to play. It's that simple.

And anyone who has seen Labarbera play in the NHL knows he belongs in the AHL.


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